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Hear Gardens & Villa Live on KCRW’S Morning Becomes Eclectic Today

Gardens & Villa, fresh off a massive tour of Europe, will visit KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic this morning at 11:15 Pacific Time. You can tune in whether you’re in Greater Los Angeles or Kittery, Maine by visiting the KCRW site to LISTEN LIVE. The band’s Morning Becomes Eclectic session will mark the closing of a great debut year for the Santa Barbara band. 2012 is already shaping up to be a breakout year for the boys. Look for more news in the very near future.

LISTEN TO GARDENS & VILLA ON MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC

Gardens & Villa Make Their Cinematic Debut in Black Hills Video

Gardens & Villas’ “Black Hills,” from the band’s self-titled debut (out July 5), is thick-but-nimble, low-key West Coast new wave. The video for “Black Hills,” directed by Ulysses//Onassis, is an adventure filmed in the wilderness of rural Oregon. It’s stark black & white cinematography is a nice juxtapose from the lushness of the song, though it’s no less dreamy. We find the men of Gardens & Villa portraying a gang of drunken, backwoods greasers who hunt down a small, near-albino child and his glowing, magical alien crystal thing. It’s part Stand By Me, part E.T., part Night of the Hunter and cool all over.

In June, Gardens & Villa embark on a massive summer touring schedule — running June through mid-August — that will see them traversing North America twice over, sharing dates with Generationals, Craft Spells and Foster the People. As we’ve seen a various spots on the internet, this is live show not to be missed. See all the upcoming dates HERE.

Welcome Gardens & Villa To Your Life

Gardens & Villa are a warm spring wind up your pant leg on the first late night stoney bike ride of the year. Sent to us not so long ago by producer Richard Swift, these tunes whipped around every head in the office. Now, let thy own head be whipped around. We’ve got Gardens & Villa’s self-titled debut set to drop July 5.

DOWNLOAD “BLACK HILLS” MP3

In the year of the saxophone, Gardens & Villa gives us the flute. And along the way, the Santa Barbara band effectively wipes clear the vaseline from the murky bedroom funk of recent days. G&V bang out instant classics — each crystal clear and immaculate, but no less sweeping or languid. Their debut is a youthful exploration of just how opulent and pop starkness can go. It also leaves an impression of California in the way that Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series or the pool party scene from The Graduate both do, always sensed more than stated outright.

At Swift’s Oregon studio in Summer 2010, they put some sand in the silk sheets of new wave (“Black Hills”) and pop some translucent funk (“Orange Blossom”). There’s also a level of effortless class maintained across the whole set. Each and every lush little gem explores the wonderful mystery between intuition and proficiency, between tension and repose.

The G&V gang — Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop and Dusty Ineman — are right now on a tour of the US. Check out the dates HERE and then, take all your friends with you.

AUDIO

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

VIDEOS

You Are Dead To Me by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

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